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An Open Letter To The Tech Industry 22.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
An open letter to the tech industry in San Francisco and Silicon Valley Facebook, Google, Microsoft: Here's why you should follow Apple's lead in not supporting the GOP Convention in Cleveland this July. If you're new to the Bay Area, if you work in San Francisco or in Silicon Valley, you may not realize it, but you're here because of the Beat Generation. At the Beat Museum in North Beach, one of the things we hear every day, from visitors from all over the world is, "This is such a great environment! The people in this town are so welcoming and friendly! This is definitely our favorite city in the USA!" It's their favorite city because of the Beat Generation. The Beat Generation is a subset of the generation Tom Brokaw dubbed "The Greatest Generation" -- those born circa-1920, who grew up during the Great Depression of the 1930s, came of age during World War II in the 1940s, and in the 1950s, changed the world. The Beats were creative intellectuals, writers, poets, artists, performers; the restless, the ...
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In praise of a wild West 17.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A 21st-century vision for Western public lands, including their role in solving challenges like climate change.
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Why our relationship to the public lands must evolve 17.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A 21st-century vision for Western lands, including their role in solving challenges like climate change.
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Women lead the fight against corporate agriculture around the world 16.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
June 16, 2016 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Around the world, women are pushing back against GMOs and corporate agriculture and building a food system that promotes health and justice for ...
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PETA Likens Women To Chickens In Terribly Misguided Tweet 16.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Quick reminder: Women are human beings, chickens are farm animals.  Non-profit organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), apparently forgot that rather important fact. On Tuesday, PETA tweeted a quote from the organization's president Ingrid Newkirk that read: "Discrimination is discrimination, and it's wrong. Whether you're a woman or a chicken."  (Pause for eye roll.) “Discrimination is discrimination, and it’s wrong, whether you’re a woman or a chicken,” - PETA President Ingrid Newkirk #StateOfWomen — PETA (@peta) June 14, 2016 The tweet also included the hashtag #StateOfWomen , which was trending on Tuesday for the White House's first-ever United State Of Women Summit . The summit featured conversations about gender equality with activists, politicians and Hollywood stars. As Jezebel's  Joanna Rothkopf pointed out , Newkirk was no where to be found on the summit's website . So PETA may have used the hashtag purely to piggyback off of the focus on gender equality and turn it ...
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The President, a Muir & the Buffalo Soldiers in Yosemite This Weekend?! 15.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Wow!! The very thought fills me with ecstasy. They say time is circular, not linear, and the time has come around again for a President of the United States to be in Yosemite National Park at the same time as a descendant of John Muir who's bringing forward the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers! What are the odds that, 113 years after the fateful meeting between President Theodore Roosevelt and conservationist John Muir under the watchful eyes of the real life Buffalo Soldiers, the stage could be set again for such a meeting in the paradise known as Yosemite? That meeting in 1903 spawned the greatest conservation effort on Earth, up to and including the establishment of the National Park Service, a special branch of government mandated to take care of the parks, historic monuments and battlefields we conserve. Eerily, in 2016 when the agency celebrates its Centennial Anniversary, the conservation movement is on the verge of bridging a racial divide which has existed since its formation: The first United ...
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Long (and Short) Walks Home 3.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
John Muir has his fair share of things named after him (including what must be the world's most-visited grove of trees), but I bet the commemorations he'd appreciate most are the two long-distance trails that bear his name: The 210-mile John Muir Trail through the Sierra Nevada range and the 134-mile John Muir Way, which winds from coast to coast in his native Scotland. The former was named for Muir shortly after his death in 1914, just before construction started, while the latter was dedicated in 2014. You'll notice I don't call these routes "hiking" trails, because Muir hated that word. He preferred "saunter." But whether you choose to hike, run, ride, or saunter, you need a trail to find your way into nature. That's why celebrating National Trails Day on the first Saturday of every June is a great idea. Trails are more than paths -- they're the gateways to our parks, open spaces, and public lands. It took a handful of dedicated Sierra Club explorers several years simply to map out the mountainous ...
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Climate Leadership From A Petri Dish 3.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Think small. Act locally. Start at home. These phrases may not seem to reflect as "grand" a climate solution as the world clearly needs, but bear with me. Some of today's most influential climate leaders are, in fact, focusing on their closer-to-home work. A recent conversation I had with Aimee Christensen helped me understand why this may be. In her keynote address for the annual Seattle Climate Solutions event, Christensen spoke of her new priority: the development of the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience (SVI), described on its website as "a center for policy leadership, public engagement and targeted investments to advance the economic prosperity, environmental protection and human well-being in its home community of Idaho's Wood River Valley and beyond." Christensen, a globally recognized climate leader, talks about her work through SVI as a "petri dish." She suggests that tending to more local, community resilience is the way that many existing climate-focused organizations, businesses and ...
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A Small Step From Bernie to Cherney 3.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Darryl Cherney, filmmaker and activist who fought the destruction of the redwood forests, is running for POTUS as a Green Party candidate. He sat in the passenger side of a moving car when Judi Bari, his activist cohort, and he fell victim to an explosion by an as-yet-unknown bomber in 1990. JF: What is your background in politics? DC: I've engaged in traditional politics on various levels. I ran for Congress in 1988 in the Democratic Primary, I've held a hospital board position between 2006 and 2010, which is a public office. I've campaigned, I've managed campaigns. I've also done tree sits and bulldozer blockades. I've organized about 300 rallies, I've written at least as many press releases. I've done certainly well over 1,000 interviews with the media over the years and I'm in about three dozen books. JF: Why are you running for president? DC: The world is really coming to an end. The ice caps are just in a horrific state of disrepair and melting. We don't even talk about the ozone layer anymore. ...
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A Cruel Situation of Stray Animals in Nepal 2.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photo: blog.nepaladvisor In this beautiful world, animals have as much right to live as human beings. In totality, the entire earth is a common property of all of us. It is our world and it is their world. Should humans have rights? Most of you would say yes. People often ask if animals should have rights, and quite simply, the answer is "Yes!" Animals surely deserve to live their lives free from suffering and exploitation. Just because we are at the top of the food chain, does that give us the right to take animal rights away? A life is a life and it should be valued, no matter what you are. Animals cannot speak for themselves and for that reason we need to protect them. Protecting them is something we should take pride in, it is our responsibility. Animal rights is the belief that animals have an intrinsic value separate from any value they have to humans and are worthy of moral consideration. They have the right to be free of oppression, confinement, use and abuse by humans. By respecting animal ...
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Australian Politician Who Shot An Elephant Says He Ate It, Too 1.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A member of Australia's parliament who shot and killed an elephant on a hunting trip has said he also ate part of the animal because it is humanity's "right" to do so. Robert Borsak , an MP for the country's Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party , defended the consumption of the elephant during a speech he made Tuesday before parliament against the "insidious growth of skewed animal rights ideology." Borsak was referencing an initiative by the country's Green Party to end " Australia's killing culture " against species like kangaroos, which are often deemed a pest and culled en masse. Borsak, an avid hunter, spoke about a trip made a decade ago where he paid to shoot and kill the "rogue" animal in Zimbabwe. During the speech, fellow MP Jeremy Buckingham interjected to ask if his colleague had eaten the animal. Borsak replied that he had, often in the form of a dried meat product called biltong. Tonight in NSW Parliament @sffAustralia MP Robert Borsak admitted to eating the elephant he shot. True & ...
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Cincinnati Gorilla Incident Prompts Criminal Investigation 1.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Ginny McCabe CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Police may bring criminal charges over a Cincinnati Zoo incident in which a gorilla was killed to rescue a 4-year-old boy who had fallen into its enclosure, a prosecutor said on Tuesday. The death of Harambe, a 450-pound (200-kg) gorilla, also prompted the animal rights group Stop Animal Exploitation Now to file a negligence complaint on Tuesday against the zoo with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The group is seeking the maximum penalty of $10,000. The group said in its complaint letter that the child's ability to get past the barrier was proof the zoo was negligent and should be fined for a "clear and fatal violation of the Animal Welfare Act." Mounting outrage over Saturday's killing of the Western lowland silverback, an endangered species, sparked criticism of both the zoo and the child's parents. Online petitions at change.org drew more than 500,000 signatures demanding "Justice for Harambe." Cincinnati police are taking a second look at possible criminal ...
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Meet the Former Slaughterhouse Worker Who Became an Animal Rights Activist 1.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The kill line can't stop. Josh Agland learned this from his supervisors during his first week as an employee at a slaughterhouse in Australia, where he worked for three years. If the daily kill quota isn't met, workers don't get the pay incentives that make their wages livable. Even if an animal falls or is still alive on a part of the kill line when they aren't supposed to be, the line isn't stopped--if anyone dares to try, they feel the wrath of their co-workers, who are losing valuable time and money. The slaughterhouse is compartmentalized. Workers are tasked with one link in the chain, like automatons, performing the same repeated motions hour after hour. Only authorized personnel are allowed on the kill floor. As an in-house electrician, Josh had an unusual vantage point: he was there when the individual animals arrived, he watched them go fearfully to their deaths, and he saw their bodies being cut apart then shipped out for consumption. The animals are visibly scared, dehydrated, and covered in ...
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Kaley Cuoco Bashes Cincinnati Zoo Over 'Senseless' Killing Of Gorilla Harambe 31.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Kaley Cuoco took to Instagram Monday to speak out against the Cincinnati Zoo's killing of their gorilla Harambe . The 17-year-old western lowland gorilla was shot and killed Saturday after a 4-year-old boy crawled through a barrier and some bushes to get into the endangered gorilla's pen.  "[O]nce again, another senseless horrendous animal being killed over people not using their brains," Cuoco, who is an animal rights activist, wrote. "If you watch the footage, you see this gorgeous animal holding that child's hand. Do with that, what you will. As sad as this makes me, a part of me is happy for that amazing creature doesn't have to live in captivity another day." She also referenced footage from the incident that showed the ape with the child. Video shows the gorilla dragging the boy , picking him up and carrying him.  A photo posted by @normancook on May 30, 2016 at 9:25pm PDT After backlash from the public over the death of the gorilla, zoo officials admitted that the boy was never under attack, but ...
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This Chicken Farm Footage Is Disturbing, But Not Unusual, Animal Rights Group Says 27.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
An  undercover investigation at a farm  contracted with meat giant Tyson Foods shows horrific treatment of chickens, but what’s most disturbing is that the cruelty is not new or even unusual, animal advocates say. Sick and deformed chickens languish in filthy, intensely crowded conditions and suffer kicking and being thrown by workers in a video released Wednesday by the nonprofit Mercy for Animals. The group says most of the footage comes from a contract farm in Lewisburg, Tennessee, where an MFA investigator worked undercover between March 26 and May 10. But the video also includes clips from other Mercy for Animals investigations over the past year. (A “contract farm” means that Tyson provides the farmer with chickens, feed, medication and technical advice, while the farmer provides labor and housing for the birds.) WARNING: The following video is disturbing. Some of the older clips feature illegal acts — like two farm owners clubbing and stabbing chickens at a facility in Dukedom, Tennessee. Tyson ...
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Seven Myths About GMOs Debunked 26.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Myth 1: GMOs are an "invention" of corporations, and therefore can be patented and owned. Living organisms, including seeds, thus become the "intellectual property" of the GMO industry. Using these property rights, corporations can forcibly prevent farmers from saving and sharing seeds. Farmers harvest crops in Chennai, India. Corporations that produce GMOs are not interested in a free market; they are interested in creating a monopoly over GMOs. (Photo: Vinoth Chandar ; Edited: LW / TO) A global battle is being fought over the future of the world's food. Hear from the women on the front lines in Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard of the Fight Against GMOs and Corporate Agriculture. These seed keepers, food producers, scientists, activists and scholars are committed to building a food system that is better aligned with ecological processes, human health and justice for all. Order this amazing book by donating to Truthout today! The following is excerpted from Vandana Shiva's foreword ...
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Seeds of Suicide 22.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Vandana Shiva

May 22 has been declared International Biodiversity Day by the United Nations. It gives us an opportunity to become aware of the rich biodiversity that has been evolved by our farmers as co-creators with nature. It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the threats to our biodiversity and our rights from IPR monopolies and monocultures.

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Sia Gives 'Survivor' Finalist $100K For Being An Animal Rights Activist 19.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In one of the best moments in "Survivor" history, Sia showed up to the live finale, ran up to the stage and gifted a finalist with a couple thousand bucks. Why? Well, because he's an animal rights activist who showed his love of the planet during his time on the reality competition show.  Tai Trang, a 51-year-old gardener  currently living in San Francisco, was a fan-favorite on Season 32 of "Survivor." While filming the show in Cambodia, he confessed his adoration for all living things, saved a chicken from slaughter (for the entire game, despite the contestants being very hungry), and outwitted, outplayed and outlasted all but two contestants. Tai made it to the final three, but ultimately 24-year-old Michele Fitzgerald was crowned the Sole Survivor , with 29-year-old Aubry Bracco coming in second place.  During Tai's chat with host Jeff Probst onstage, a voice could be heard from the audience. Probst soon announced that it was, in fact, hitmaker Sia and that she had something to say. Then, the singer, ...
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PETA Gives Leather Shoppers A Grisly Surprise 17.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals doesn't appear to consider subtlety a virtue in its fight against animal products. In the graphic  PETA Asia video below , unsuspecting shoppers are shown browsing leather goods. But within every purse, glove and jacket is a grisly surprise. PETA produced the video by setting up a fake storefront called "The Leather Work" in a mall in Bangkok. The animal rights activists then affixed artificial skin and fake organs -- including beating hearts -- inside wallets, jackets, purses, belts and other leather goods. They also put fake blood inside gloves and shoes, allowing unsuspecting shoppers to try them on. Everything looks scarily real, and the shoppers were understandably horrified. The video is hard to watch, but PETA says drastic times in Southeast Asia call for drastic measures.   The cultivation of reptile skins can be especially gruesome and inhumane , according to PETA. In the past, the organization has alleged cruel slaughtering ...
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Rights Group Challenges Law that Punishes Animal Rights Activists as “Terrorists” 10.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) challenged the constitutionality of the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) on behalf of two activists convicted as terrorists for freeing thousands of mink and foxes from fur farms.

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